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Today is Veterans Day! A day to thank, and remember those men, women and K9’s that have bravely served our country’s Military.

In today’s military history many Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd Dogs are on the front line with our troops. They are doing an amazing job and I want to personally send a “woof” to you all and I know mom is putting together a box of dog stuff for some troops in Afghanistan to go out today.

This Veteran’s Day I want like to draw attention to one of the most decorated Canine war heroes in US history. Stubby, was a bull terrier mix that wandered into the camp of the Connecticut 102nd Infantry in 1917. Smuggled aboard ship by a young Private, his adventures in France began.

His most famous exploit however, came during the Battle of the Argonne where he is credited with the capture an enemy spy. Official accounts note that Stubby leaped from the safety of the trench, bit a previously undetected intruder on the seat of his breeches and held him there until the shocked German could be disarmed. –Sam L. Rothman

He had a long and incredibly interesting military career and when he returned home, he returned to the United States a hero. Upon his death in 1926 his remains were preserved and given to the Smithsonian . His obituary, in the  New York Times, was 3 columns long.

Stubby was certainly not the first dog to go to war with the Unites States Military, but he is on of the most decorated K9’s that stood on the grounds of some of the most important battles of World War I.

So today I’ll have mom raise a glass of Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark in honor of Stubby and all the other K9’s that have gone to war for the United States! Thank You!!!!

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World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Since then the United States Military has had a presence all over the world. Today we thank the millions of service men, women and K9’s that have helped keep our country free. Their extraordinary bravery and valor isn’t thanked enough. Hug a veteran today! They deserve it!

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“He latched onto my hand. He gave me a friendly nip on the hand and looked at me. Wolf absolutely would not let me go by him. I looked straight ahead and not more than two feet was a tripwire. And I would have died right there with him if he wouldn’t have found that wire.” – Charlie Cargo, Vietnam dog handler

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